Written on: March 13, 2023
One of the more frequent questions we at Lakes Gas get asked, especially by people who are new to having propane in their homes, is, “How often will my propane tank need to be refilled?”
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. How often you’ll need to have propane delivered to your home depends on a variety of factors, such as:
If you use propane for home heating, your home’s furnace or boiler, especially its age and condition, will be a major determining factor when it comes to how frequently you’ll need a propane tank refill.
Older heating systems can reach efficiencies as low as 60%, especially if they have not received annual tune-ups by a professional service technician. Today’s new, high-efficiency propane heating systems, on the other hand, can have efficiencies as high as 98%! You’ll get a return on your investment in a new propane heating system from the moment you turn it on.
Another factor that comes into play is the size of your propane tank. If you’ve added propane appliances to your home since the tank was installed, it will be needing more frequent deliveries.
Lakes Gas carries a wide range of propane tank sizes, so you can choose the right one for your home. Our affordable propane tank leasing makes having a propane tank at your home easy and worry-free. You don’t have the upfront costs of purchase and installation, and we handle all the maintenance and repair work and costs for your tank!
Whatever size propane tank you have, the best way to make sure that it gets refilled when it needs it is to enroll in our wireless propane tank monitoring. It uses the same technology as your smartphone to lets us know precisely how much propane is in your tank and exactly when you’ll need more. We schedule the delivery. You don’t have to do a thing!
How much propane you use in a day depends on how many propane appliances are in your home, among other factors including the size and efficiency of each appliance, its compatibility with your space, and how well it was installed and has been maintained.
Here are average usage rates for common propane appliances.
Furnace: 100,000 to 200,000 BTU (about 1 to 2 gallons per hour)
Fireplace with ceramic gas log: 26,000 BTU/hour (1 gallon / 3 hours)
Gas cooktop/range: 65,000 BTU/hour (5 to 10 gallons / month)
Tankless water heater: 40,000 BTU/hour (about1.5 gallons / day)
Gas clothes dryer: 35,000 BTU/hour (less than 1 gallon/ day)
Pool heater: 425,000 BTU (about 4 gallons) /hour
Get reliable propane delivery from Lakes Gas and you’ll be sure that your home will always have the propane it needs to keep you and your loved ones warm, safe, and comfortable. Become a customer today!